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WHY DO SPYDERCO KNIVES HAVE THAT HOLE?

WHY DO SPYDERCO KNIVES HAVE THAT HOLE?

David Spielman
4 minute read

In 1981, Spyderco (founded in 1976 by Sal and Gail Glesser in Golden, Colorado) was granted a U.S. utility patent for the Spyderco Round Hole Opener® (or, as its primarily known in EDC circles, the “Round Hole”). This very same year, Spyderco introduced its first folding knife, the C01 Worker, to the marketplace. Ever since, the brand has been renown for redefining the modern everyday carry folding knife.

It’s no surprise, really. Spyderco’s trademark innovation was truly groundbreaking, allowing for quick and easy one-handed opening, also known as the "Spydie Flick". With a large surface area that provides consistent reliability, you can believe that there’s a reason the round hole design gets knocked off all the time. It’s nice to be able to have total control over your knife without needing both of your hands!

Insurance investigator Virginia “Gin” Baker (Catherine Zeta-Jones) puts a Spyderco blade to professional thief Robert “Mac” MacDougal’s jugular in Jon Amiel’s caper classic, Entrapment (1999). Insurance investigator Virginia “Gin” Baker (Catherine Zeta-Jones) puts a Spyderco blade to professional thief Robert “Mac” MacDougal’s jugular in Jon Amiel’s caper classic, Entrapment (1999).

The benefits of the round hole don’t stop at the convenient one-hand opening, either. In addition to serving as a one-hand control mechanism, the hole also doesn’t interfere with the blade’s swift cutting action.

Funny how it works, isn’t it? A real need exists. A company comes along (in this case, Spyderco) and solves the problem. The rest, as they say, is history.

The famous Spyderco Delica one-hole, seen here in Entrapment (1999). The famous Spyderco one-hole (this is a Delica), seen here in Entrapment (1999).

Here’s how it works. Spyderco’s trademark round hole is cut out of every one of their blades. Even the brand’s fixed-blades and two-handed openers get the Spyderhole treatment.

Holes, holes, holes. There’s a lot of them. A lot.

A bad dude whips out a Spydero before ambushing Detective Sergeant Marcus Miles Burnett (Martin Lawrence) in Michael Bay’s Bad Boys (1995). A bad dude whips out a Spyderco knife before ambushing Detective Sergeant Marcus Miles Burnett (Martin Lawrence) in Michael Bay’sBad Boys (1995).

So what happens to the leftover steel discs? Good question, especially since it’s a lot of steel, too (they are cut out near the thickest part of the blade). Most of the holes get scrapped and sent back to the steel companies that Spyderco works with for recycling. However, a small portion are saved from the shop floor and made available for sale at Outlet stores across the country.

Plain and simple, these Spyderco knives have earned the trust and loyalty of thousands of dedicated knife users worldwide for a reason.

“You didn’t tell me that I didn’t have a Spyderco from Gallantry? That’s not what you told me? So I’m lying? Am I lying?” – Alonzo (Denzel Washington), Training Day (2001) “You didn’t tell me that I didn’t have a Spyderco knife from Gallantry? That’s not what you told me? So I’m lying? Am I lying?” – Alonzo (Denzel Washington), Training Day (2001).

An iconic symbol of the Spyderco brand and of its pioneering spirit, the Trademark Round Hole™ is the real deal. This is why its famous spydie hole will continue to get copied. The brand created a concept that is evergreen cool.

Word around the campfire is that while the round hole is officially and legally trademarked, Spyderco and Benchmade have an agreement.

The Narrator (Edward Norton) gets a Spyderco pulled on him in David Fincher’s Fight Club (1999). The Narrator (Edward Norton) gets a Spyderco pulled on him in David Fincher’s Fight Club (1999).

Now, for the main event. Yes, it’s true. You’re going to want this sweet blade from Spyderco, now available at Gallantry.

THE SAGE 5 COMPRESSION LOCK KNIFE FROM SPYDERCO

Spyderco’s Sage Series™ features a full-flat-ground, leaf-shaped CPM® S30V® blade, an ergonomic handle design with textured forefinger choil and thumb ramp, and a reversible tip-up wire clip. The Sage™ 5 highlights Spyderco’s own Compression Lock mechanism. In a Compression Lock, the blade’s tang ramp faces upward toward the handle’s spine, rather than toward the butt of the handle as in a LinerLock. This innovative mechanism is substantially stronger than most LinerLocks and its location allows the knife to be safely closed with only one hand without placing your fingers in the path of the edge.

The skeletonized stainless steel liners that form the framework of the Sage 5’s lock are nested into textured carbon fiber/G-10 laminate scales. Open-backed construction reduces the knife’s weight and allows easy cleaning, while a reversible deep-pocket wire clip provides convenient tip-up carry on either side of the body. The Sage 5 is an extremely capable all-purpose cutting tool.

SPECIFICATIONS

  • Blade Length: 3.00" (76mm)
  • Overall Length: 7.17" (182mm)
  • Blade Steel: CPM S30VPocket clip
  • Closed Length: 4.17" (106mm)
  • Edge Length: 2.64" (67mm)
  • Lock Type: Compression
  • Tip-Up Carry Handle

Sage 5 Compression Lock Knife

Sage 5 Compression Lock Knife

$149.95

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There’s no Spyderco featured in this particular shot from Entrapment, but we still felt compelled to include it because…Catherine Zeta-Jones. There’s no Spyderco featured in this particular shot from Entrapment, but we still felt compelled to include it because…Catherine Zeta-Jones. She dips beneath the lasers.

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